Allison Mack pleads guilty in Nxivm sex cult case

Allison Mack, the Smallville star who has made headlines for her role in an alleged sex cult, has now pleaded guilty ahead of trial. Mack previously pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy. She faced life in prison if convicted.

It appears Mack worked out a deal with prosecutors, weeks after the judge denied her attorney’s request to delay the trial so they could have more time to negotiate a plea deal. Exact details are unknown at this time; however, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment that Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering.

The 36-year-old actress arrived in federal court in Brooklyn on Monday as she was supposed to appear before Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis for Monday’s jury selection. Hours before that was slated to begin,  Mack suddenly appeared on the judge’s Eastern District of New York calendar for “criminal cause for pleading” and was removed as a defendant from the scheduled “criminal cause status conference” and “criminal cause for jury selection.” 

Mack has been accused of being a slave master in a women-branding secret sorority within the self-help group, Nxivm. The group’s leader and co-founder, Keith Raniere, Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman and Nxivm accountant Kathy Russell are all awaiting trial and will still appear before Judge Garaufis Monday afternoon. Raniere is also accused of producing and possessing child porn.

Mack’s plea change comes after Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren Salzman, also an alleged slave master, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges. According to court transcripts, Lauren admitted to holding a woman against her will for two years under threats to deport her back to Mexico if “she did not complete labor requested by [her] and others.”

Prosecutors believe Mack was one of the highest ranking members of Nxivm’s secret sorority called DOS, short for Dominus Obsequious Sororium or Master Over Slave Women. She allegedly helped recruit women to have sex with Raniere. A woman identified as “Jane Doe 1” in court documents detailed her disturbing experience in DOS after being recruited by Mack. In one instance, she was allegedly tied to a table while someone performed sexual acts on her. Jane Doe claimed Mack directed her “do anything [Keith Raniere] asked her to do.”

In an interview with the New York Times prior to her arrest last year, Mack said DOS was about women empowerment. She mused it’s “about women coming together and pledging to one another a full-time commitment to become our most powerful and embodied selves by pushing on our greatest fears, by exposing our greatest vulnerabilities, by knowing that we would stand with each other no matter what, by holding our word, by overcoming pain.”

Mack admitted that it was her idea to brand members with a cauterized pen. “I was like: ‘Y’all, a tattoo? People get drunk and tattooed on their ankle ‘BFF,’ or a tramp stamp. I have two tattoos and they mean nothing,’” she said, explaining she wanted to do something more meaningful and that took guts. DOS members were held down and branded with a symbol that featured Raniere’s and Mack’s initials.

Opening statements in the Nxivm trial are set to begin later this month.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Allison Mack leaves the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse with her lawyers after a court appearance surrounding the alleged sex cult NXIVM on February 06, 2019 in New York City. Along with Clare Bronfman, heiress of the Seagram’s liquor empire, Mack and other defendants were arrested last year and accused of having helped operate a criminal enterprise for self-help guru Keith Raniere, who has been charged with sex trafficking. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Allison Mack leaves the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse with her lawyers after a court appearance surrounding the alleged sex cult NXIVM on February 06, 2019 in New York City. Along with Clare Bronfman, heiress of the Seagram’s liquor empire, Mack and other defendants were arrested last year and accused of having helped operate a criminal enterprise for self-help guru Keith Raniere, who has been charged with sex trafficking. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 04: Actress Allison Mack arrives at the United States Eastern District Court after a bail hearing in relation to the sex trafficking charges filed against her on May 4, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The actress known for her role on 'Smallville' is charged with sex trafficking. Along with alleged cult leader Keith Raniere, prosecutors say Mack recruited women to a upstate New york mentorship group NXIVM that turned them into sex slaves. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Actor Allison Mack, known for her role in the TV series 'Smallville', exits with her lawyer following a hearing on charges of sex trafficking in relation to the Albany-based organization Nxivm at United States Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 01: Allison Mack attends Amazon Studios' premiere for 'Lost In Oz' at NeueHouse Los Angeles on August 1, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
Actress Allison Mack arrives at the Hollywood FX Summer Comedies Party in Los Angeles, California June 26, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor John Scheneider poses with co-stars (L-R) Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk and Annette O'Toole from the new WB television network action series "Smallvile" at the network's summer All-Star party at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, July 15, 2001. The series depicts the classic Superman character as a teenaged Clark Kent.
ROSEMONT, IL - AUGUST 11: Actress Allison Mack attends Day 3 of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013 held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 11, 2013 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - AUGUST 11: Actress Allison Mack attends Day 3 of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2013 held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 11, 2013 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Allison Mack attends the 'Love, Loss, And What I Wore' new cast member celebration at 44 1/2 on July 29, 2010 in New York City.
Allison Mack during 'The Ant Bully' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Allison Mack during 'The Ant Bully' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack during The CW 2006-2007 Prime Time Preview at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Allison Mack at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
Allison Mack during 13th Jules Verne Film Festival - 'Smallville' Season IV Premiere at Rex Theatre in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
Legendary Pictures and Exec. Producer, Scott Mednick and Allison Mack (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage)
Michelle Trachtenberg & Allison Mack during The 2002 Teen Choice Awards - Backstage Creations Talent Retreat - Day 1 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Allison Mack with Neutrogena products at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Allison Mack and Erica Durance (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
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392609 02: Actresses Karen Allen, right, and Allison Mack perform in a scene from the televised movie 'My Horrible Year!' (Photo Courtesy of Showtime/Getty Images)
Actress Allison Mack, known for her role in the TV series "Smallville", departs after being granted bail following being charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy in New York, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Actress Allison Mack, known for her role in the TV series "Smallville", departs after being granted bail following being charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy in New York, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Allison Mack leaves U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York after a bail hearing, April 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Mack was charged last Friday with sex trafficking for her involvement with a self-help organization for women that forced members into sexual acts with their leader. The group, called Nxivm, was led by founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested in March on sex-trafficking charges. She was released on bail at $5 million. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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